Note: There will be no Friday Potpourri because our lovely grand-daughter is visiting and sleeping in the room with my computer.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I do take it as an honor.”
- G.T. Bynum, Mayor of Tulsa, referring to Mr. Trump’s rally.
“I’m not going to the rally.”
- G.T. Bynum, Mayor of Tulsa, saying he was going to be “on the streets with his police force.”
For a moment, his name reminded me of P.T. Barnum.
CAN YOU PASS THIS TEST?
Individuals seeking to become naturalized citizens of the United States must pass an oral test during which they must answer six of ten questions to pass the civics test. You can find online the answers to a 100 possible questions that might be asked. I tried to answer all 100 and I’m not telling you which ones I missed because it would be too embarrassing. So I decided to inflict this test on you and transfer some of my guilt. I picked a few questions at random, thinking you would get them all and feel good about it. If you’re like me, you’re going to hit the books again.
(P.S. The snarky comments in parenthesis are my own and not on the test.)
1. What does the Constitution do? (This one makes you think, something the folks clamoring to go to the Tulsa rally aren’t doing.)
2. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. (Miss this one and you’d better hit the books again.)
3. Which is one right or freedom from the First Amendment? (Hint: Huge crowds have been doing this for nearly a month.)
4. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence? (The elusive search for one of them is guaranteed.)
5. What is the economic system in the United States? (It is not one or the other.)
6. Name one branch or part of the government. (Believe it or not, two-thirds of Americans cannot name all three.)
7. We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years? (In the case of Mitch McConnell, too many.)
8. Name your U.S. Representative. (See #6 above.) P.S. Remember that the percentage of eligible voters who actually vote seldom rises above 63 percent.)
9. If the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President? (Hope springs eternal.)
10. What are two Cabinet-level positions? (Hint: There are 16.)
11. Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states? (Sometimes it seems like way too many.)
12. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen? (And it isn’t that you have to shop at Walmart or use Amazon.)
13. There were 13 original states. Name three. (Refer to questions #6 and 8.)
14. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. (Just who was Publius anyway?)
15. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s. (Hint: World War I does not count.)
16. Name one American Indian tribe in the U .S. (Come one, you can do it. There are over 573 Federally recognized American Indian tribes. And by the way, I was very glad to see that the test got right the designation of what used to be called Native Americans. American Indian is now the preferred term, but it doesn’t make much sense either. How about we just call them Original Americans? I don’t much care for hyphenated names anyway. No one has ever called me “Scotch-Irish American.
Well, how’d you do? Pretty well I suspect. But I wonder how our grandkids might do. So guess how I’m going to entertain McKendrey.